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Professor: Why Teach For America can’t recruit in my classroom

Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools, with only a two-year commitment, the Washington Post reports. When it started more than 20 years it only accepted Ivy League students as recruits but has since expanded to include many other schools. Its founder, Wendy Kopp, envisioned the TFA mission as creating a network of alumni who, as they assume important roles in society, can advocate for public education. Here is a piece by a college professor who does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. It was written by Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African American History, urban history, and the history of sports. This piece was written last year and versions have appeared on several websites. I am running it because I think it is powerful…

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